by Steven Ertelt
May 7, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After weeks of controversy surrounding his position on abortion and public funding of abortions, Rudy Giuliani is seeing his lead in presidential primary polls shrink. A new national poll has him dropping 13 points since February and a new New Hampshire poll shows someone else in the lead there for the first time.
A new survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute finds 27 percent of Republicans would support Giuliani, down from 40 percent in February.
Arizona senator John McCain is second with 19 per cent, followed by actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson with 14 percent, though he has not yet declared for the race.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, also not in the race, gets the support of eight percent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has eight percent as well.
Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, California congressman Duncan Hunter, Kansas senator Sam Brownback, former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, and former New York governor George Pataki also receive small amounts of support.
While McCain rose one point and Romney rose one from February to May, despite the inclusion of Fred Thompson in the survey, Giuliani dropped.
Meanwhile, a new WBZ-TV poll of New Hampshire voters shows Mitt Romney leading Republicans in the state, which has the second presidential primary contest after Iowa.
According to a SurveyUSA poll of 551 likely Republican Primary voters, Mitt Romney received the support of 32%, followed by Giuliani at 23% and McCain with 22%. Fred Thompson finished fourth with 11%.
Compared to a similar poll in January, Giuliani and McCain have each lost 10 points and Romney is up 11 percent.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama and John Edwards in the Granite state.
In a poll of 589 likely Democratic Primary voters, Clinton gets 40%, Obama follows with 24%, while John Edwards trails with 22% and has a similar lead in the January poll.